Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Facebook CEO reportedly told staff told not to use iPhones

Facebook CEO reportedly told staff told not to use iPhones

The Facebook founder was reportedly so enraged by criticism from Apple CEO Tim Cook that he personally instructed executives to stop using iPhones in favor of Android devices. According to a report by New York Times, Zuckerberg was "infuriated" by the comments made by Apple CEO Tim Cook in relation to the handling of data privacy by Facebook.

The world's most popular social media platform has been on the back foot for months, including over the allegation that data from millions of Facebook users was abused by the consultancy Cambridge Analytica to help drive Donald Trump to the White House. The NYT story insinuates that following Cook's comment, Zuckerberg apparently ordered his management to use only Android phones, ditching iPhones, though he "argued that the operating system had far more users than Apple's".

The zing earlier this year that might have upset Zuckerberg came during an interview on MSNBC.

"I wouldn't be in this situation", his pithy response was at the time. A right-leaning news site called the NTK Network, affiliated with Definers, published "dozens of articles" that criticized Apple as well as Google "for unsavory business practices", including one that slammed Cook for hypocrisy over his stance on privacy, per the New York Times. "You're the product." The shot was probably meant for Google, but Facebook was definitely in the blast radius.

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Facebook did release a response to the Times report on Thursday, stating: 'We've acknowledged publicly on many occasions - including before Congress - that we were too slow to spot Russian interference on Facebook, as well as other misuse.

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